Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ stays aloft in 2nd weekend

Cruise and company have been hailed for spearheading the latest push in theater recovery.

NEW YORK — The high-flying “Top Gun: Maverick” continued to soar into its second weekend, falling just 32% from when it opened, with ticket sales of $86 million on Sunday, the studio estimates.

The Paramount Pictures release, which sees Tom Cruise reprising his role from the 1986 original, is more stable than any film of its kind before it. Its modest drop — 50-65% is more typical for blockbusters — is the smallest drop for a film that has opened above $100 million. Top Gun: Maverick debuted last weekend with $124 million.

Director Joseph Kosinski’s film did even better abroad. Across 64 overseas markets, Top Gun: Maverick fell just 20% over its second weekend to $81.7 million.

With excellent word of mouth, great reviews, and a worldwide promotional tour, “Top Gun: Maverick” has already grossed $548.6 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest hits of Cruise’s career. In domestic ticket sales ($291.6 million to date), the ‘Top Gun’ sequel is already the 59-year-old’s best-selling actor.

While Top Gun: Maverick probably can’t match the $1.89 billion worldwide sales of Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home, the biggest box-office hit of the pandemic, Cruise and co. have been hailed for making spearheaded the latest push to restore cinemas. Paramount delayed its release by two years.

But while No Way Home had little to no big-budget competition through January, Top Gun: Maverick is kicking off a line of tighter-packed summer movies. This weekend, Universal Pictures debuts Jurassic World: Dominion, the culmination of the dinosaur franchise trilogy with sequels. The week after, The Walt Disney Co. releases Toy Story spinoff Lightyear, the first Pixar release to hit theaters in more than two years.

“Top Gun: Maverick,” which actually added screens in its second week to push its total record to 4,751, will soon find itself more of a dogfight for audience attention.

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Emma James

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